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As 2012 begins, we are witnessing a worldwide resurgence of interest in renewable woody biomass as a coal substitute or supplement for power generation, with North America serving as an important global supplier of sustainable biomass. “Woody biomass” refers to whole trees, forest residues (including the residue for lumber production) and waste wood that can be combusted to generate power. Biomass offers significant advantages over other renewable resources such as solar, wind and hydropower because it is a base-load resource. As more intermittent resources come on line, biomass affords utilities and ISOs a reliable option, making it one of the only renewable fuels offering a viable alternative to coal-based generation.